- Tue Jun 3, 2014
Caleb had a spine to match his great heart. For God's purposes that made all the difference. When the Israelites, after departing Egypt, were directed by God to cross the Jordan and posses the Promised Land they sent scouts ahead to check it out. Caleb's friends returned from their mission believing the place to which God was calling them could not be conquered.
But Caleb, the man with an undivided heart and a strong spine, saw the situation differently. He called on the people to believe God's promise and to be committed.
Sadly, the people were swayed by the majority opinion, but for his faithfulness, Calab was one of two men in his generation to see the Promised Land.
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit
and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into
the land he went to and his descendants will
inherit it. (NUMBERS 14:24)
Caleb found the new place God had called him to inherit. God is calling you to a new place. This new place can be conquered.
- Mon Jun 2, 2014
Even if God does miraculously free you in a moment of time, if you don't learn to flee, you can fall right back into your addiction. Your eyes, like a broken sewage pipe, will continue to carry in sewage and leak it into your life.
That is why we not only need to fight on the spiritual front by praying, but we also have to fight on the physical front with our will by fleeing.
What does fleeing look like in practice? Simple: It is cutting off those sensual images that create that mental pop! Bouncing the eyes is one form of fleeing. Starving the mind of new images and taking lustful thoughts captive are two others. Fleeing into a deeper relationship with God through regularly reading the Bible is a fourth.
Have you declared war on both fronts of the battle for sexual purity?
Have you won on both fronts?
- Sun Jun 1, 2014
Israel's King Josiah was only twenty-six years of age when he faced a situation of neglect for God's standards. In 2 Chronicles 34 we read how a copy of God's Law--long forgotten--had been found during a large-scale renovation of the temple. Then he listened as this Law was read aloud to him--bringing inescapably to his attention God's standards and the people's failure to live up to them.
Josiah didn't say, "Oh come on, we've lived this way for years. Let's not get legalistic about all this!" No, he was horrified. He tore his robes as a sign of grief and despair. "Great is the Lord's anger," he said as he immediately acknowledged his people's negligence, sought God's further guidance, and immediately led the entire nation in a thorough return to obedience to God's standards.
Knowing that God's standard is the standard of true life, Josiah rose up and tore down everything that was in opposition to God.
Josiah removed all the detestable idols from all the territory belonging to the Israelites, and he had all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. (2 CHRONICLES 34:33)
- Sat May 31, 2014
Lord, I pray today for the many, many men who are caught in the vice of sexual sin. Would You give them a revelation of the pain their sin is causing others, the damage it's doing to themselves, and the grief it is causing You. Let them see Your broken heart, Lord. Give them a clear picture of the life they've chosen compared to the life You have planned for them. Help them love holiness and repent of their impurity. And, Lord, if they can't or won't repent through the nudging of Your Spirit, I pray that You would expose their sin as publicly as necessary to save them from themselves. In Jesus's name. Amen
- Fri May 30, 2014
Your wife gave up her freedom for you. She relinquished her rights to seek happiness elsewhere. She exchanged this freedom for something she considered more valuable: your love and your word. Her dreams are tied up in you, dreams of sharing and communication and oneness.
She's pledged to be yours sexually. Her sexuality is her most guarded possession, her secret garden. She trusted you would be worthy of this gift, but you have cavalierly viewed sensual garbage, polluting and littering her garden.
She deserves more, and you must honor that.
Have you given less? Your wife risked much and traded much to marry you. Was it a good bargain for her?